“What this world needs is a new kind of army — the army of the kind.” ~Cleveland Amory

Amory thought this was true in the twentieth century. How much more appropriate, and necessary, has it become in the twenty-first century.

For the 65th anniversary of Hallmark movies on TV, during a Thanksgiving weekend presentation, the Hallmark Channel ran several heartwarming spots about caring. Aligned with their motto “When you care enough to send the very best,” the spots involved people showing care and kindness to others—strangers and friends of mixed ethnicities—with captions that began “When you care enough…”

Some of the ads used few, if any, words and they weren’t advertising Hallmark products. The human connections shone through, even when the participants were strangers.

In the last few years kindness and empathy have been sorely lacking in large parts of our society. It seems that many individuals have become adept at projecting fear rather than extending love. Those televised spots were a refreshing reminder of the togetherness and empathy that kindness can engender, enhancing people’s lives, in spite of any perceived differences.

I wonder what our world would be like if, in the words of James M. Barrie, “we would always be a little kinder than necessary.” Wouldn’t it be an amazing thing to experience?

Wouldn’t “scattering kindness” be something to aspire to in the New Year?

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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